A diplomatic strategy for the conflict in Syria
President, US/Middle East Project
ECFR Alumni · Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme
Areas of expertise
Middle East, National Security
Daniel Levy used to be head of the Middle East and & North Africa programme at ECFR until 2016.
A rare moment of opportunity has emerged to renew diplomatic efforts to resolve the Syria conflict. The priority now must be de-escalating the level of violence and the reducing the threat of regional spill-over
As the prospects of a two-state outcome on Israel/Palestine fade, Europeans need to apply tougher love to both parties before it is too late.
Obama said all the right things in Jerusalem, but what next? The visit has offered nothing new on the programmatic side, no plan for going forward.
If Obama begins to grasp the tribal, fluid and divided nature of Israeli politics and how to impact Israeli voters and their leaders, then this visit might be worth something after all.
The Israeli election on Jan 22 is not about Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu. It is best understood as a “Tribes of Israel” election that will take identity politics to a new level and may accelerate Israel's journey towards hegemonic nationalism.
European countries are split over recognising Palestine at the United Nations, but moving foward, Daniel Levy offers seven points to takeaway from a European perspective.
Did Israel's “Operation Pillar of Defense” change the politics of the Middle East? Who are the winners and losers of the Gaza conflict – and what's next after the Israel-Hamas ceasefire?
What was the assessment that prompted Israel's operation in Gaza and what might that tell us about its intended outcome and trajectory? Of course the timing can be explained with the approaching elections in Israel. But that is only part of the story.
The sixth ECFR Foreign Policy Scorecard highlights the EU’s diminishing ability to influence its neighbours, and the neighbourhood’s growing impact on the EU
An “Islamic State first” strategy, that neglects the urgent need to secure political progress and de-escalation in Syria will fail
The EU needs an honest assessment of its capabilities and to set limited goals behind which member states can show sustainable unity
The fifth edition of ECFR’s Foreign Policy Scorecard examines EU’s response to a year of crisis
Essay collection on the regional dimensions of the IS crisis
The EU is ill-equipped to respond to foreign policy crises
A comprehensive assessment of European foreign policy
How regional actors shape the conflict in Syria
A diplomatic strategy for the conflict in Syria
Human rights and international law should be a timeless part of addressing problems in Israel and Palestine, but the international community urgently needs to begin doing so once more
In the absence of an adequate political and diplomatic strategy, bombing in Syria may do more harm than good
A visit to Downing Street is a welcome distraction for Mr. Netanyahu as Congressional options close over Iran deal
Analysis: For outside powers, the Yemen crisis is part of a balancing act with the nuclear deal at its heart
For the first time this century the leader of Israel’s Labour Party appears to be genuinely competing for the position of Prime Minister.
Netanyahu may come out of the US-Israel political brouhaha relatively unscathed, but his incoherence on the Iran issue itself is far more worrying and damaging.
The West needs to push regional actors to assume their responsibilities in confronting the threat posed by IS
There is a case to be made for Europe not recognising the Palestinian state, but is it a worthwhile one?
The biggest danger for Israel, as it is for some of its neighbours, is that the “Islamic State metastasising threat narrative” could become a self-fulfilling prophecy
Apparent wall-to-wall consensus in favour of the Gaza offensive among the Israeli public masks a deep internal moral malaise
ECFR’s innovative project Two State Stress Test provides a health-check on whether developments across seven different areas are serving to strain or sustain a possible two-state outcome for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
In the first discussion Dr Nabil Shaath, a senior member of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, looks at the internal Palestinian democratic process and the…
The second panel discusses the campaign in Israel for Palestinian human rights and the consequences of prolonged occupation for Palestinians and for Israeli democracy…
With only a few months following his election victory, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is faced with his first crisis over a discriminatory pilot…
With the Israeli elections coming up, Rosemary Hollis, Professor of Middle East Policy Studies at City University, Menachem Klein, Professor of Political Science at…
Mark Leonard talks to Jose Ignacio Torreblanca and Daniel Levy about the European elections, euroscepticism, and the Middle East peace process after Kerry